Hilary Doherty

Hilary Doherty

Hilary specialises in representing clients accused of serious sexual offences. She acts in cases from the investigation stage through to criminal trial and also advises clients who seek advice on appeal.

Hilary has a strong reputation for dealing with both historic and recent sexual allegations and in particular representing professionals who face losing their career.

Hilary also represents military personnel who face investigation and Court Martial.

She is regularly instructed at the crucial early stages of an investigation, where efforts are being made to avoid Police involvement or with a view to avoiding charges being brought. She provides pro-active advice and undertakes enquiries from the early stages of a case. This includes challenging the legality of investigative powers and making pre-charge representations to the prosecuting authorities.

Hilary has extensive experience of representing clients charged with sexual offences and has successfully defended numerous individuals facing Crown Court trial.

Hilary understands the specific personal and professional trauma of facing allegations of this nature and acts for clients in a robust yet discrete and sensitive manner to ensure the best result is achieved.

Get in touch

  • 07800 640389 (24hrs)


‘…Her professional integrity and emotional intelligence are clearly evident…she has helped me preserve my career, re-establish my reputation and hold sight of my aspirations..’

Prominent Cases

  • R v K – Doctor accused of raping a colleague  
  • R V D – Nurse accused of sexually assaulting a colleague
  • R v P –  Court Martial, allegations of sexual assault of a colleague.
  • R v M – Historical sexual allegations from the 1960’s relating to children’s home.
  • R v W – Historical child sexual allegations involving vulnerable witnesses.
  • R v F – Allegations of rape and sexual assault involving multiple female complainants. Involved expert phone analysis.
  • R v P - Case involving downloading illegal images requiring forensic computer analysis to respond to allegations.
  • R v B – Allegation of multiple rapes in the context of a relationship spanning many years. Involved social media analysis and phone analysis.
  • R v C – Appeal against conviction for making indecent images involving extensive computer analysis.
  • R v Y – Allegation of rape where the defendant was in a relationship with the Complainant at the time of the alleged incidents.
  • R v E – Multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault of young girl in breach of trust.
  • R v P – Historical allegations of multiple rape of a close family member.
  • R v F – Sexual assault of a female on a train.
  • R v G – Historical allegation of rape of a former partner.
  • R v R - Allegation of sexual assault on another female in a women’s refuge.
  • R v W – Historic sexual assault allegations of young males within the family.
  • R v P – Historic Allegation of multiple rapes on a family member